Cake Or Death?: I’m Still Looking For The Word “Quagmire”…

Here’s a good read from my buddy Chad’s blog, CakeorDeath?.

The following is an email from Col. G. Scott McConnell my sister received in response to some questions she had asked about the current situation in Iraq. Oddly enough, things seem to actually be progressing over there. How ’bout it MSM…?


I appreciate your willingness to seek answers on what is clearly a difficult (and distant) subject.

As for me, I am a colonel in the U.S. Army. I am assigned to the Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) headquarters and have been since January. Our headquarters is in Baghdad. It is actually split in two locations. I live at Camp Victory (16 sq mi. in area with approximately 23,000 service members and civilians living on the camp). The other part of our headquarters is in downtown Baghdad – in what use to be called the Green Zone (because on our maps this portion of the city was outlined in green.) but is now known as the International Zone (IZ). Our headquarters in the IZ is co-located with the U.S. Embassy – Baghdad. My boss GEN George Casey and Ambassador Zahl Khalilzad are the senior Americans in Iraq. Both of these men orchestrate the reconstruction of Iraq and most importantly attempt on a daily basis to help fulfill United Nations Security Council Resolution 1546. In short, 1546 gives the U.S. the responsibility of helping Iraq achieve a democratic government. The long and short of 1546 is that the UN body desires to have a stable and peaceful Iraq. A peaceful and stable Iraq will help stabilize the region. Iraq actually exports about 8% of the world’s oil production. Events in Iraq actually impact the world oil market which ultimately impacts the global economy.

In my current job, I travel back and forth to the IZ in convoys and helicopters about six days a week. I am amazed at the changes I have seen as we travel – literally hundreds of homes have been built, schools are in session, there are traffic jams (Iraq imported over a million cars in the past year.), and commerce appears to be booming. Since October of 2004, we built or refurbished many water treatment plants and wells some for villages of 500; some for cities of 50,000 to 200,000. All of Iraq has electricity for over 12 hours per day. (Doesn’t sound like much, but many villages and towns had no power under the Hussein Regime.) We also built or remodeled over 340 schools.

As for the violence depicted on the news. Is Iraq violent? Yes parts of it are. Is Nigeria? Yes. Over 150 people a day are murdered in Lagos, Nigeria. It seems, however, that the media broadcasts every attack that results in a death or injury and implies that every part of Iraq is in a shambles. Here are some enlightening facts:

Read the rest here:

Cake Or Death?: I’m Still Looking For The Word “Quagmire”…

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